Free family-friendly events in New York for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day in New York is famous for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world.  Millions of people line the streets of New York to see the spectacle, which includes politicians, dignitaries, marching bands, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, leprechauns, and fun. Take the family to enjoy at least one of these early spring celebrations that will be enjoyed by kids and adults in 2018.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York
March 17 @ 11 a.m.
Fifth Ave., New York City, NY 10012

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City is billed as the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world with a history that goes back to 1762. The parade, which honors Irish heritage and the patron saint of Ireland will start at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and will proceed up the Fifth Avenue, passing St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th St., to 79th Street.  The parade will finish at between 4-5 p.m. at the American Irish Historical Society. Millions of spectators will line the streets to celebrate the even while watching marching bands, Irish societies, bagpipers, dignitaries, green leprechauns, and colorful characters.

43rd Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18 @ 1 p.m.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m., following the “Rededication Ceremony” to the Heroes & Victims of 9/11 – WTC, at Prospect Park West & 15th St. The family-friendly parade will include high school marching bands, step dancers, pets in costumes, and more. The parade, which will be smaller than the mega-parade in Manhattan, will last about one hour.

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
March 11 @ 12 p.m.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st St., New York, NY 10019

The entire family will enjoy a free day of Irish arts and culture at the Irish Arts Center. Enjoy the music and dance performances and learn about some of the classes being offered for children and adults. Guests will be able to learn some of the basics of the Irish language, try some Irish dance steps, get their face painted, create crafts, and relax with a cup of tea. This is an event that children and adults will enjoy while learning a bit about the culture of Ireland.

St. Pat’s for All Parade
March 4 @ 1 p.m.
Queens, NY 11101

The St. Pat’s for All Parade is an inclusive family-friendly event that will celebrate the diversity of the immigrant populations in Queens. The parade will step off at 43rd St. and Skillman Ave., and travel to 58th St. and Woodside Ave.

Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018
March 11 @ 2 p.m.
Huntington, Long Island, NY  11743

There will be several St. Patrick’s Day parades in Long Island, but the 84th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Huntington is the oldest and largest. About 50,000 people attend the family-friendly event, which will be sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The parade will step off near the Huntington Train Station and travel along New York Ave. to Main St., ending at Saint Patrick’s Church.